Workers of the Udaypur Cement Factory on Thursday padlocked the office of the factory demanding a permanent status. The labourers said they will shut down the company until their demands are met. Claiming to have been working on temporary basis for more than 12 years for Rs 200 (US$4.35) as daily wages, the labourers said they decided to shut down the factory after the administration ignored their demands agreed upon in mid-May.
"The company did not implement the agreement reached between the protesting labourers and the management on May 18 to give permanent status to the labourers, compelling us to launch the protests," said a labourer, who did not want to be named. The factory produces 800t of cement daily. With the closure, the factory reportedly incurs losses of of Rs 4 million per day.